NYCLN Youth Committee 1st Session  

The New Youth City Learning Network (NYCLN), a community of New York institutions that helps young people find, explore, and connect different interest-driven and civic-minded learning opportunities beyond the classroom, recently developed a Youth Committee that launched last week. The Committee is being led by Global Kids, Inc. (Daria, Barry), Cooper-Hewitt (Monica), and the American Museum of Natural History (Michael), with support from NYCLN (Jess).

The first phase of the Youth Committee, which will meet every three weeks from February through June, has three main objectives. The youth will act as technology advisors to the Network about which digital tools and social networking platforms could serve the entire Network, help plan a city-wide digital media festival for youth called Emoti-Con that will take place in June 2011, and strategize for a longer term Youth Committee that will run for the duration of a school year. The Youth Committee will also be doing thinking around the significance of networked learning by examining their personal learning ecologies and, in a broader sense, make sure the youth we serve have a say in the shape of the network.

Passport to Nigeria Students Dance, Sing, and Make Music 

This week, students in Global Kids and Museum for African Art’s Passport to Nigeria program had an especially exciting workshop with two guest artists. Michael Wimberly, accomplished percussionist and composer, and Corey Baker, stellar choreographer and dancer who was part of the cast of the Broadway musical Fela!, engaged students in a workshop about Fela Kuti’s life and music.

Fela Kuti was a Nigerian musician and activist who pioneered Afrobeat music and championed social change. Students learned about his influence around the world and how he inspired so many people after him to devote their talent and art for social change and activism.

Students also had the chance to make music and dance, which you can see and hear when you watch the video below!

For more photos, click here. To learn more about Passport to Nigeria, click here.

Youth Committee to Design Game Jam  

dmya.jpg The New Youth City Learning Network (NYCLN), a network of New York institutions that helps young people find, explore, and connect different interest-driven and civic-minded learning opportunities beyond the classroom, is developing a Youth Committee that will launch in February 2011.

As a member of the Network, Global Kids will be helping to plan the Youth Committee, along with several other members such as the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum for African Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Students who are part of the Committee will act as technology advisors to the Network, attend game jams or hackasaurus projects, and then plan a day-long Game Jam for youth in May 2011!

Appreciative Words From a GK Alum 

Nafiza Akter, a GK alum currently in college, recently sent us an email which she said we could share here, describing the impact Global Kids has had on her life:

GKid Teengrid Transfer Open Forum (22)

Here is a report on the Youth Forum on the Teen Grid Merger that Global Kids held yesterday afternoon on Global Kids Island.  It was a fun and insightful conversation with twenty or so excited avatars, most of whom had never been involved in Global Kids programs before, as far as I could tell. 

Investigating the Extinction 

today we learn the on level 3 that everything died and then on level 4 everything started again. the weather change form tropical to hot weather and then things died out . then life being again.

Investigating the Extinction 

1. What we learned about the difference between the Permian and Triassic Period during its extinctive phase is when the plants such as the nillosian were based in a dry, arid environment and then were converted podozamites which was based in a temperate climate, such as in a forest of a moisture setting. Then, a dinosaur called the lystrosaurus was based from a climate that involved a herbivorous setting of only eating just plants, and then the thrinaxodon, was a conversion to a carnivorous animal which only ate animals, such as reptiles, pigs, and animals, such as cheetahs, lions, and other dinosaurs for their respective trophic strategies.

investigating the extiction  

i learned about the exctinction of the animal in the triassic period. i learned that during that period 70% of all life on the earth died. And 90% of all sea creatures died. My thought of how it happened is that god threw down fie balls (meteors) to reset the world because he wanted to start it over and make i save for humans to live in.biggrin.gif

mass exlinctions can be caused by climate change 

if the environment changes more rapid than certain species can adapt what might happend those species? if the environment change more rapid then species , they might find it hard to adapt to the changes that are happening to their habitats and more.

what artifical adaptations do humans use ? how might this affect our perception of the currently changing climates? we humans adaptation for things such as changing clothes for when it cold like wearing a hat,gloves,jackets, and boots and more , for the summer you can wear short pants,


1)if the environment changes rapidaly the speices will die out and eventully well die.

2)Hmans adapat to their environment by having a weapon .So in case if some one attacks you can protect yourself.